After earning a 1-0 win at the Parc des Princes, Bayern Munich have one foot in the last eight of this season’s Champions League.
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Although Neymar was already an injury doubt for the trip to Germany, news that he will be out for the rest of the season has rocked the PSG camp.
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A rivalry that has grown in stature over the past few years will once again be rekindled this evening as Bayern Munich plays host to PSG. Two European heavyweights who will look to land the knockout blow on the other.
In the red corner, you have the giants of German football. In the blue corner, you have a team of the same stature within France’s domestic setup. Both outfits are good enough to win the Champions League outright but only one can progress to the last eight.
Progress that at present looks a lot closer to being made by Bayern and after former PSG star Kingsley Coman scored the only goal of the first leg encounter Paris, it was Julian Nagelsmann’s men who had reason to celebrate on Valentine’s Day.
An evening that was shrouded by whether Kylian Mbappe would be fit enough to feature after suffering an injury just a couple of weeks before. The consensus was that the 24-year-old would not but manager Christophe Galtier seemingly had other ideas.
Whether this was gamesmanship or not can certainly be argued and although Mbappe’s presence would offer a boost to his PSG teammates, it was not enough to draw first blood in the French capital.
While Mbappe himself would admit that he was perhaps rushed back for the encounter and may have actually benefitted from being rested. Then again, his fellow attacking cohort will have no such dilemma on Wednesday night.
That is because Neymar will not only be unavailable for the trip to the Allianz Arena, but he will also be out for the rest of the season. His absence will not be enough to derail his employers’ bid to win Ligue 1, but the same cannot be said for the Champions League.
A trophy that the club’s Qatari owner still desperately crave and one that they still yet to get their hands on. They came mightily close in 2020, as they reached the final. Who did they lose to that evening? None other than Bayern Munich.
Nearly three years since the Bundesliga bullies last conquered European football’s highest mountain and if they can clear this midweek cliff face, their odds for outright victory in June will only shorten further.
With that in mind, our latest bet builder is now up for grabs, and it looks like this:
- Bayern Munich to qualify
- Kylian Mbappe to score anytime
- Exactly 4 goals
For my latest bet builder offering, I have placed the focus on Kylian Mbappe and after he was foiled by Bayern’s defence in last month’s first leg, I have a feeling that French forward will gain a modicum of revenge.
A modicum but not full absolution, as I still have Bayern down to qualify for the last eight. While they will do so because a total of four goals will be scored. This covers scores such as the 3-1 home win or the 2-2 draw. Either of those is fine to kip this tip alive and it is priced at 12/1.
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